About My Work


of Words For What Those Men Have Done

of For My Son, A Kind of Prayer

of The Silence Of Men

of The Teller of Tales


Arts Calling, With Jaimie Alejandro

Jaimie and I had a wide ranging discussion. We talked about why I dropped out of Syracuse’s Creative Writing MA in 1985; the roots in feminism of my coming to terms with being a survivor of childhood sexual violence and how that has shaped my writing; the fact that we don’t, at least not in the mainstream, have yet a clear way of talking about what it means to be a male survivor; and we talked at the end a little bit about my work translating classical Persian poetry.

Out of Our Minds in KKUP in Cupertino

Rachelle Escamilla · Richard Jeffrey Newman on KKUP

Rachelle Escamilla interviewed me for Out of Our Minds, her poetry radio show on KKUP radio in Cupertino California. It’s a marvelous show—the longest running poetry radio show in the country—and the podcast is well worth checking out.

Tiferet Talk, Episode 19

In 2011, Melissa Studdard interviewed me for Tiferet Talk. It was a wide-ranging discussion that took the poems in The Silence of Men as its starting point.

The Power of Poetry

In 2010, Marcia McNair interviewed me for her show, The Power of Poetry. Her show, Sistas on Fire: A Newsical, co-written with Anissa Moore, is well worth seeing.


The Jackson Heights Poetry Festival

I did this interview back in 2008, when I first got involved with The Jackson Heights Poetry Festival, which later became First Tuesdays, the reading series I curate and host. It was the first time I’d spoken publicly about the connection between my poetry and my experience as a survivor of childhood sexual violence.